President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday described “the illegal US sanctions” against Iran and American pressure on Venezuela as a “crime against humanity”, during a meeting with Venezuelan Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza in Tehran.
“Undoubtedly, independent nations will stand up to such pressure and conspiracies, and resilient nations will certainly achieve victory and make the United States regret,” Rouhani said.
The president said the US government is acting against both “independent nations and governments” and its own people.
“Today it (the US government) has become the enforcer of the policies of the Zionist regime (of Israel) in the world,” Rouhani said.
He also described the Iran-Venezuela ties and cooperation as positive and friendly.
"The Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to boost its relations and cooperation with Venezuela as a friendly country”.
Rouhani praised the sympathy and condolences of the Venezuelan government and people with Iran over the US assassination of Iranian Lt. Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Jan 3.
Arreaza, for his part, expressed his sympathy with the Iranian government and people over Soleimani’s martyrdom.
"There is no doubt that independent governments and nations will defend their interests against the enemies’ pressure and conspiracies”.
He also thanked Iran for its support for Venezuela and called for development of the Tehran-Caracas relations.
Heading a high-ranking delegation, Arreaza, arrived in Tehran Sunday night for a three-day visit. He also held talks with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday.